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  1. nup on the rehair, as long as the bow has been stored in a clean, dry, dark location
  2. I have a similar student who is taking mandolin lessons. She is pre-med at Smith College, and has no time for practicing. She shows up week after week with this and that excuse. I think she probably wants to quit really, but can not bring herself to. Whatever, I try to do something interesting. Some weeks we listen to new material and discuss it. Some weeks we sight read. It works for me.
  3. For celtic musicians - a sheet music search engine: http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/tunefind For celtic musicians - a celtic session database: http://thesession.org For violinists that want to fiddle - remote internet fiddle lessons: http://belchertownmusic.org/remote.html
  4. It's SOP Brad. Many players expect it done that way. Nice of her to spell it out for you. Where are you getting your bow hair?
  5. I played the viola for 20 years before I learned the clef. I was taught by Robby Merfeld (formerly of Apple Hill) to transpose. Simply play the viola as if you are fingering a violin in 3rd position, but in 1st position on the viola...that's the way I played until I was in my 30s and finally learned to read it. Now I really wish he had taught me to read the clef way back when...I found myself struggling with accidentals when I could have been focusing on right hand technique, tone, etc.
  6. I like a lot of Susan Conger's compositions
  7. We're doing the jam session again TODAY at 5:30 pm in the concert hall on the first floor see you there!
  8. I think learning to play the viola in tandem with the violin is a good idea. I started the violin at age 4 and the viola at 14. I wish I had started it earlier, but am glad I worked out all my bad habits before learning it because when I did, all I was really learning was the clef as everything else is identical to the violin - just a little larger. You can start your daughter now on the clef with her violin. There are some good viola books for learning to read the clef. That's a good way to get her started. Later when she's played long enough she will be ahead of the other violists who are just starting out! Re the electric 5 string, learning to play an electric is completely different than an acoustic. I would wait on that until she's much much older - settled into her acoustic and confident with her right and left hand technique, because bowing on an electric produces a much different result than on an acoustic!
  9. David you probably don't remember me from the VSA, but I remember Helen telling me about you. She said you're always looking for exceptional tonewood. You should shoot us an email sometime with your quality criteria. Next time Emily goes to Yunnan Mills she can be on the lookout for you.
  10. Emily and I looked for Cremona in Seoul last time we were visiting her sister. Couldn't find the shop and nobody in the violin industry there could tell us where it was. Nobody had heard of it. Nobody knew who Andrea Bang was either
  11. I have to laugh. I just noticed the banner ad at the top for Warchal strings. It looks like a cigarette advertisement for one of those snooty flavored cigarette lines! hahahahhahahhahahahaha ok done laughing now
  12. I prefer Larsens on all my violins and violas. Sorry I don't believe that old wives tale that different instruments require different strings. An instrument can be set up optimally for any set of strings. I like Larsens because they bring out the warm dark notes and support the highs without allowing them to be too shrill.
  13. I really like a lot of Steve Beckley's bows. He's got a website: www.bowworks.com I've played a few at the VSA shows and am very impressed with the balance, heft and of course looks! You know there's a lot of good bowmaking going on in Brazil these days. Of course Water Violet, Marco Raposo and Horst John bows are worth looking at. You can find them at most good violin shops. I'm also a huge fan of Benoit Rolland. Ever since I got my first bow hair order from him in 2000, I have been going over there to his little shop to see what he's working on. Lovely, exquisitely formed, almost as if he pulls them out of some liquid wood...and they draw such a tone (I like to think it's the hair, but...) on the web at www.rollandbows.com
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